Different Types of Adoption
There are many different avenues for families to take in their pursuit of adoption. Families can pursue adoption through an agency, independently, or even through foster care. Parents must also decide between a domestic (within country) or international (outside the country) adoption. So what’s the difference between each of these?
If families decide to pursue a domestic adoption, they can choose to go through the process independently or through an adoption agency.
An independent adoption is when parents choose to pursue the adoption on their own without the help of an adoption agency or when the Department of Social Services is involved.
Adoption through an adoption agency either includes trained social workers from the Department of Social Services or a licensed adoption agency facilitates. Bethany, as an adoption agency, encourages couples to consider using a licensed agency as they provide professional counseling, practical assistance, and access to resources that aid in every step of the adoption journey, including post-adoption.
If, on the other hand, families decide on an international adoption, they will need to choose an agency to help them through the application, Home Study, and approval process.